When it comes to weight loss, we want to see results and we want to see them quickly. We can order food, book travel reservations, and stream movies all in an instant. But can we drop that unwanted weight the same way? With so much available at the push of a button, it isn’t a surprise our patience has begun to be tested. Why wait for something we do not have to wait for?
We are bombarded by articles, endorsements, and commercials claiming this supplement or that super food will help us shed the pounds we want simply by consuming the product. But do these products really work or are they just giving us false hope?
In recent years, these weight loss quick fixes have received a lot of skepticism and many people have become reluctant to try them. But what happens when a celebrity endorses one of these weight loss miracle products? What if that celebrity is a doctor whose advice is trusted by millions of viewers?
Now, if you are aware of the Dr. Oz scandal and know where I am going with this, let me preface what I am about to say. I by no means have negative feelings towards Dr. Oz. After all, can you dislike a man who has brought so much awareness for our health into the public eye? There are thousands of people living better, healthier lives because of Dr. Oz and for that I am grateful.
I do not, however, believe in miracle weight loss products such as those endorsed by Dr. Oz and it is evident that I am not alone. Not too long ago, many loyal viewers were disappointed when Dr. Oz was criticized and questioned by US senators for his endorsement of quick weight loss fixes like raspberry ketones, green coffee beans, and Garcinia cambogia.
While I believe that it is important to compliment your diet with supplements and vitamins, I do not believe that these products alone can help you lose weight. But do not be disappointed. Although miracle weight loss products do not exist, I am going to share with you advice to effectively achieve your weight loss goals and increase your metabolism.
When we consume food, our body breaks the food down and converts it into energy to fuel the body’s functions. When too much food is consumed, the excess energy is stored as fat to use later. Many people often mistake this concept for meaning that they can eat what they want, as long as they limit the amount consumed. This is not necessarily true.
Our body cannot break down all foods the same. When we eat something highly processed, full of preservatives, or chemically altered, our body’s natural digestion is strained. Foods that are too hard to break down often become stored as fat. The toxins in these foods can also trigger extra fat storage. When choosing your foods, it is important to avoid packaged foods or carefully read the label. Sticking with foods from the earth rather than created by machines can make the difference between fat-burning and fat-storing.
PLUS, your supplement should be made not synthetic. I wholeheartedly believe in taking supplements and herbs, but they need to be pesticide-free and not synthesized in a lab. Simply make sense. By all means, I would not give anything I would market my own family. At Bennett Acupuncture and Functional Medicine, we use only the most effective and natural supplements. Let’s talk and I can help.
Acupuncture has a very effective way to make sure your body’s running effectively and efficiently by looking at your Qi (body energy) and meridians. When the body is running correctly via acupuncture, weight loss is much easier to obtained permanently. This is a major precursor to jumpstarting your health and is recommended to get checked out by a professional acupuncturist. This truly gives you a jumpstart to better health as 2000 years of medicine cannot be wrong. In our office, we can actually measure your Qi with our Zyto computerized system. This BioScan computer system is an adjunct tool we use as a wellness assessment technology. Let modern science enhance ancient acupuncture treatment benefits.
When we think of sugar, we often think of the white granule sugar we put in our coffee or use for baking. But this isn’t the only sugar we consume. Foods like fruit are high in sugar. The difference, however, is the way in which our body breaks this sugar down. Not only do fruits have a much higher nutritional value than sugary indulgences like candy and cookies, but the sugars in fruits are easily digested by your body. The sugars found in junk food, on the other hand, are not readily broken down and can increase fat storage.
Many people believe an easy fix for this is to buy “sugar-free” foods. Unfortunately, this in itself can lead to further issues. Foods such as high fructose corn syrup and synthetic sugar substitutes like sucralose and aspartame are known for increasing fat storage, as well. Instead, when you get a craving for sugary foods, it is recommended to stick to honey, agave, or fruit.
Insulin, a hormone in our body, plays a significant role in weight management. Too high or too low of insulin levels in your body can trigger fat storage. To ensure you are maintaining a stable insulin level, it is essential to never skip a meal and avoid eating foods chock full of the bad sugars we discussed above.
Weight loss can be stressful enough. Add any additional stress and our bodies are in danger of becoming fat storing machines. When we undergo stress, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol becomes elevated, it flips the body’s fat storage switch to on. Too much stress over a long period of time can lead the body to remain in fat storage mode. Like insulin, it is important to manage your cortisol levels and keep them in check. An easy way to relieve stress and eliminate the risk of increased cortisol levels is by taking a few deep breaths. It is also recommended to take a 30 to 60-minute walk when you get home. Exercising is great for clearing the mind and reducing stress.
If you are following a strict diet and exercising vigorously, but still aren’t seeing results, your thyroid may be too blame. The thyroid gland, often ignored, can be the sole reason that stubborn weight hangs around. In fact, your thyroid may be the reason for the weight gain in the first place.
You see, your thyroid is responsible for keeping your body warm, burning energy and maintaining the proper functioning of your vital organs and muscles. When the thyroid is working properly, it produces hormones that are absorbed into the blood stream and distributed throughout your body. This hormone is responsible for fat burning. When your thyroid becomes sluggish, also known as hypothyroidism, it does not produce enough of these hormones to maintain your metabolism. In other words, if your thyroid’s hormone production decreases, your body’s ability to burn fat also decreases.
If you suspect your thyroid may be a key factor in your inability to lose weight, it is a good idea to have it properly checked out. You may also want to have your adrenal function checked out, as well. In many cases, abnormal adrenal function leads to a decreased thyroid. Having an adrenal panel ran by a functional medicine practitioner is a great start to delve deeper into what is really going on.
Elevated estrogen known as Estrogen Dominance may be another factor leading to your weight loss difficulties. This syndrome is also believed to lead to high blood pressure, cysts, tumors, and certain types of cancers. If you are experiencing symptoms of estrogen overload such as endometriosis, adult acne, PMS, PCOS, extra weight around the hips, or heavy and painful periods, it is important to consult your doctor about a saliva hormone analysis.
Although the body rids itself of toxins naturally, eventually it can become overburdened. Purification, also known as detoxification, can help remove toxins. Dr. Bennett’s 21-Day Purification Program is designed to lighten the toxic load, improve digestion and help maintain a healthy weight. Click to watch some recent results. Give us,a call, we can walk you through it.
Toxins enter our bodies not only through the foods and liquids we consume but also through the air we breathe and the substances we come into contact with. Even if you follow a raw diet and use only natural products, you are still being exposed to toxins just by stepping outside. Not only can these toxins wreak havoc in your body, but they also are preventing you from losing the weight you are working so hard to shed.
Not only can toxins interrupt your thyroid’s hormone production and subsequently decrease your metabolism, but toxins also trigger your body to increase fat cell production. Unlike foods, the body is unable to break down toxins and eliminate them throw excretion. Instead, our bodies react to threatening toxins in our bloodstream by producing fat cells and stuffing them full of toxins. Later, when the body needs fat cells to burn, these toxin-storing fat cells are usually the least likely to be chosen.
To aid the body in the cleansing of toxins and prevent accumulation, there are some steps you can take. To get started, speak to your doctor about an annual detoxification program. Once you have cleansed your system, drink green juices and ingestible citrus essential oils daily.
When battling weight loss, we often put the most focus on our bodies. But don’t forget about your mind. Repeating affirmations and beginning a meditation routine is important to maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to work towards your goals even in the toughest of times. Look up some inspiring quotes and hang them on the wall next to your mirror, in your cubicle, or someplace you will see them daily. Take time out of your day to pamper yourself with a bubble bath or leisurely reading. Focus on creating calm and peace within and the external results will follow.
When people make the active decision to lose weight, the first step they often take is beginning an exercise routine or signing up for a gym membership. It is important to note here, however, that exercising, in general, won’t help you transform your body. In order to see the results you are after, you must perform the appropriate exercises for your target areas, ability, and comfort level. While you may enjoy one exercise over another, it is important to assess how you feel after working out. Are you exhausted? Are you energized? Are you in so much pain you can’t get off the sofa? The proper workout may leave you sore, but it should never be impairing or leave you feeling exhausted. Pair this with the proper diet and stable levels of hormones and you are well on your way to the weight loss goals you’ve set for yourself.
Dr. Stefanie Bennett and her entire staff are focused on helping every patient they treat enjoy optimum health. Our practice uses holistic solutions including Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, and Functional Medicine to determine and treat the root cause of your medical issues. We want to help you start feeling better today. Take advantage of our consultation offer above and find out just how much you can enjoy life with new found health and wellness.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds both a master’s and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome
Now a days most of the people are facing the problem of obesity and your weight loss maybe hidden in your pantry . The obesity is increasing rapidly due to improper food habits , lack of sleep and lack of exercise. The main focusing problem that causes disturbance is the abdominal fat. The fat is centered at abdomen and it looks so odd. This is the most embarrassing issue presently making people feel shy. To get rid of abdominal fat you have to keep track of good food that will not contain much calories. Reducing the intake of fatty items will helps you to reduce the excessive fat in abdomen. Today we shall see some of the home remedies that works most effectively to reduce the fat especially gathers at the abdomen.
Lemon will help to reduce the fat secured in abdomen by detoxifying the fats. And also helps to get rid of fatty liver and cut down the fat in the waist. The lemon water also increases the metabolism in body.
How to take: Squeeze one lemon in a glass of lukewarm water and have it before taking breakfast early in the morning. Practice this daily for best results.
Lemon with Black Pepper and Honey
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E and Fibre. And consists of good fats that is essential to the body. Daily consuming 10 to 20 Almonds will help to increase the metabolism and reduces the statutory fat levels in
the body. Almonds works perfect for reducing the BMI level in the body and gives good appearance when habituated to consume. Almonds also having some more great benefits, reduces the cholesterol level, helps to cure heart diseases, reduces the blood sugar and fights with metabolic disorders. Excessive consuming of almonds will not make any harm to the body.
Almonds can be consumed in many ways soaking them overnight, roasted almonds , almonds with salads, juices etc.
Beans are most perfect choice of weight reduction. There are so many varieties of beans available in the market. Any of the beans you can use in daily food. The various varieties of beans available are namely White beans , Pink beans,. Red kidney beans , Black beans, Pinto beans , Lentil , Garbanzo beans aka chickpeas.
How to take beans?
Soak the beans in water for almost 6 to 8 hours. After soaking them cook them well in pressure cooker and you can take them with daily lunch or dinner.
In what ways beans can be taken in daily food?
The beans can be used in salad, dips, side dish, baked into muffins, or as main course. You can consume them in breakfast, lunch , dinner and innovate new recipes with beans and have them, to increase the intake of beans.
Cucumber , is the good supplement that can be used to reduce the fat levels in body. Cucumber will have more water levels and it will works magically to reduce the excess fat. Cucumber in other words can be known as nutrition food for women. Women will get the essential nutrition by consuming the cucumber daily.
You can use the cucumber instead of breakfast. Add it to salads, Make any recipe out of it. You can have it as a snack item.
Wholegrain cereals with milk , have this as a breakfast to increase the metabolic rate. It is the great supplement of Vitamin D and Calcium. Wheat ,Barley, Quinoa ,Rye, Triticale , Buckwheat , Oats – You can choose any of these cereals for daily breakfast. You can also include walnuts, almonds, berries, honey, cinnamon, also. You can take the wholegrain cereal breakfast with hot or cool milk of your choice.
Apple cider vinegar, is works more powerful to burn fat around waist. It consists rich protein, which helps to growth of essential hormones to the body. And also increases the metabolic rate. Hence it helps to fight with the fats .
How to take
Mix one table spoon of apple cider vinegar and consume.
Apple are rich in anti-oxidants. And also consists fibre, phytosterol , flavonoids , beta-carotene. All these useful vitamins and minerals in Apple will fights with the fatty acids and helps to reduce the belly fat fast. Don’t over consume apple. But a apple a day keeps you fit and fine. Just take care of it before eating it. Clean it properly. and clean the wax on it before eating it.
Here is the most powerful recipe that works fine on belly fat. Try this to get rid of abdoninal fat.
Mint leaves- 2 tbsp , Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp , Curry leaves- 10-12, Chilli powder- 1 tsp, Salt- a pinch of it , Lemon juice- 1-2 tsp – Take all these ingredients and make a fine paste and have it with meal.
Fresh mint leaves (or dried leaves)- 1 tbsp , Water- 1 cup, Honey (optional)- 1-2 tsp. Take all these ingredients. Keep the mint in lukewarm water and let it for 5 minutes and also add honey to it. Take this Mint honey drink daily 2 times and see the results.
Vitamin C works more powerful on stored fats. Daily consume the foods that are rich in Vitamin C to reduce the tummy fat. The Rich Vitamin C foods include, Gooseberry (amla) , Oranges , Lemons , Papaya , Red bell peppers , Broccoli , Kale , Strawberries , Kiwi , Cauliflower , Brussels Sprouts , Cabbage , Sweet potatoes , Cantaloupe. These food items will helps you to increase the Vitamin C levels in body as well as metabolic rate also.
All the foods suggested are clinically proven its benefits. Hence habituate to consume them for best results and make necessary changes in your food intake. Replace the fatty foods, saturated foods along with the foods that improves your metabolic rate. The foods suggested in this session also helps to reduce the constipation problem. So it absolutely makes you gain to reduce the tummy fat. Along with consuming the foods that works great against fat, practice exercise and yoga for atleast 30 minutes daily for best and accurate results. By making some time for exercise, walking, swimming, aerobics, jogging, skipping or any other activity will keeps you fit. Motivate yourself to have healthy food and practice daily exercise to get rid of tummy fat. The first and foremost important thing in achieving something is the determination. If you are make yourself strong enough towards becoming thin you can definitely achieve it by fallowing all these tips and consuming the useful foods.
So think about your body as complex machine and fuel is the food. Where does acupuncture fit in? Acupuncture simply reboots the organs to work at a better rate and higher level of function. So eat and sleep right. Moderate exercise regularly (check with doctor) and acupuncture is also important. Now that is winning combination. Remember before starting any weight loss program, check with your doctor. Always thinking of you, Dr. S. Bennett
About Dr. Bennett – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.